Mladic Extradited To The Hague To Stand Trial

May 31, 2011
Originally published on May 31, 2011 6:21 pm
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As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, it took less than a week to extradite him after his arrest by Serbian authorities.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Unidentified Man: (Foreign language spoken)

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POGGIOLI: Journalists outside the top security prison where Mladic was being held observed two separate convoys of police jeeps and armored vehicles head to the airport, with all nearby streets and the highway closed to traffic. A half- hour after the last convoy left, Serbian Justice Minister Snezana Malovich appeared before the media and said Mladic was airborne and headed to The Hague.

SNEZANA MALOVICH: Bringing Mladic to justice, it is satisfaction for the victims and families of all who have been victims of the crimes for which he has been charged before the ITCY. At the same time, this act represents a message relevant for the process of reconciliation in the region.

POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Belgrade. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.